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Global Glass Statistics

Global glass industry stats

Global Glass Statistics

Glass plays a significant role in our modern world. From towering skyscrapers to delicate glassware, its uses span across various industries and applications. So its no wonder that its market value and production numbers are in the billions!

Using recent data from Statista, here are ten compelling global glass statistics that shed light on the production, consumption, and impact of this remarkable substance.

  1. The Booming Market Value of Flat Glass

Looking ahead to 2030, experts forecast that the global market value of flat glass is set to exceed a staggering £400 billion. Also known as sheet glass or plate glass, this type of glass finds its way into glass doors, windows, windscreens, and transparent walls.

  1. Soaring Demand for Flat Glass

Between 2023 and 2027, the demand for flat glass is projected to surge from 11.2 billion square metres to a remarkable 14.3 billion square metres. This represents an impressive average annual growth rate of 4.9 percent.

  1. Glass Bottles and Containers Production

In 2020, an astounding 690 billion glass bottles and containers were produced globally. Fast forward to 2028, and this figure is expected to reach a staggering 916 billion units. Such numbers emphasise the ubiquity and importance of glass packaging.

  1. The Ingredients Behind Float Glass

The process of producing float glass relies on several raw materials. Silica sand (SiO2) claims the lion’s share at 71 percent, followed by soda (Na2O) at around 14 percent. This composition contributes to the quality and transparency of the final product.

  1. Pricing Dynamics of Fabricated Flat Glass

Different market segments command distinct pricing for fabricated flat glass. Motor vehicle applications topped the list in 2022, with prices around £34 per square metre. Architectural flat glass, on the other hand, stood at a more affordable £5 per square metre during the same period.

  1. Steady Rise in Demand for Fabricated Flat Glass

In 2022, the global demand for fabricated flat glass reached an impressive £100 billion. This marked a significant leap from 2003, when the demand stood at an estimated £31.5 billion worldwide.

  1. Environmental Concerns in Glass Production

The manufacturing of glass involves furnaces operating at extremely high temperatures, resulting in a considerable carbon footprint. In 2022, global carbon dioxide emissions from glass production amounted to a substantial 95 million metric tonnes. Notably, Europe accounted for over 20 percent of this total.

  1. China’s Dominance in Glass Exports

China took the lead as the world’s largest glass exporter in 2022, boasting an impressive export value of nearly £27 billion. Germany followed closely behind with an export value of £8 billion, securing its position as the second-largest glass exporter by value.

  1. China’s Export Share

China’s dominance in glass exports is evident in its share of the global market. In 2022, China contributed to over a quarter of worldwide glass and glassware exports, holding a significant position in this industry.

  1. The Leading Glass and Glassware Importer

As of 2021, the United States claimed the title of the world’s largest glass and glassware importer, with an import value of £9.8 billion. Germany trailed behind with an import value of £6.5 billion, highlighting the global demand for glass products.

These ten global glass statistics provide a glimpse into the multifaceted world of glass production, application, and trade. From its role in construction to its presence in everyday items, glass continues to shape our modern lives while posing important considerations for sustainability and environmental impact. As we move forward, understanding these statistics will aid in making informed decisions about the use and consumption of this essential material. 

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Global Glass Statistics